Cristiano Ronaldo made his first pre-season look for Manchester United in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano after a summer season of hypothesis about his future.
Footage of Ronaldo leaving Previous Trafford previous to the ultimate whistle emerged on social media, however United have clarified he was certainly one of quite a lot of gamers to take action, and it isn’t a problem for the membership.
Ronaldo, who has informed United of his need to go away the membership on a number of events, performed for the primary half earlier than being taken off for eventual goalscorer Amad Diallo.
The 37-year-old’s lowered minutes got here as no shock, with supervisor Erik ten Hag admitting Ronaldo is a good distance behind his team-mates when it comes to health forward of the match at Previous Trafford.
“He isn’t on the extent of the remainder of the squad as a result of he missed loads of weeks,” the Dutchman informed Viaplay. “However he wants video games and he wants coaching, rather a lot.”
Ronaldo was absent for United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia whereas he handled a household subject and solely returned to coaching on Tuesday, when he and his agent, Jorge Mendes, held additional talks about his future.
United are insistent that they won’t sanction the sale of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, who’s firmly within the plans of Ten Hag.
Regardless of Ronaldo’s insistence on leaving, there was no signal of ill-will towards him from the Previous Trafford devoted, with followers greeting him with large cheers as he emerged from the tunnel. He posted on his social media channels after the sport: “Blissful to be again”.
It stays unclear the place Ronaldo’s potential exit routes lie, as Chelsea now not seem like an choice whereas Bayern Munich and Atletico have appeared to publicly rule out a transfer.
The sport in opposition to Rayo Vallecano was United’s closing match of pre-season earlier than their Premier League opener in opposition to Brighton subsequent Sunday – reside on Sky Sports activities.
Ten Hag: We have made good progress, however room for enchancment
Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has overseen six matches in pre-season – dropping only one on the best way – and has been happy with the performances, however says he is anticipating extra improvement from his new squad.
“Total, undoubtedly (pleased with preseason), I feel we make an excellent pre-season and we make good progress,” Ten Hag informed MUTV. “We’re prepared for the season, however I do know there’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment and now we have to enhance.
“That can also be a course of that continues within the season, however for subsequent week it is in regards to the consequence as effectively. It (staff choice) was a combination of expertise and youth, some guys met one another for the primary time immediately, so what are you able to anticipate?
“You noticed the angle was nice, they fought and labored for one another and it was constructive. We created loads of probabilities, okay, we additionally conceded probabilities, however I feel now we have to be happy with the efficiency.”
Positives for Ten Hag, regardless of Rayo draw
Evaluation by Sky Sports activities’ Richard Morgan:
“With precisely per week to go till Man Utd kick off their Premier League season at dwelling to Brighton – reside on Sky Sports activities – new supervisor Erik ten Hag may have discovered lots from their newest pleasant, their final earlier than the actual motion will get underneath method.
“The Dutchman, having watched his new facet lose 1-Zero to Atletico Madrid 24 hours earlier, fielded a much-changed lineup, though he did begin with new signing Martinez alongside Varane on the coronary heart of the United defence, with the Argentine impressing earlier than being hooked on the hour mark.
“Teen Laird additionally caught the attention at proper again and apparently, Ten Hag opted to utilise each summer season signing Eriksen and Van de Beek as holding midfielders in entrance of his again 4.
“The skilled Dane ran the present from the centre of the park earlier than additionally being rested with half an hour to go, however it was children Tahith Chong and Garnacho Ferreyra who each actually impressed with their energetic performances in assault.
“As for the principle man himself, Ronaldo began up entrance, however after a superb starting, the 37-year-old’s affect then started to fade, earlier than being hooked on the break.”